About Connect Travel and TheTourOperator

TheTourOperator is produced by Connect Travel marketing incoming tourism to and within North America through a variety of specialized events and publishing projects.

TheTourOperator.com is the only travel site designed to be used by international, domestic and receptive tour operators, travel media, and travel agents researching new ideas for products.

Our Team

Will Seccombe President


Jacob "Jake" Steinman Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Shari BaileyVice President, Connect Travel and General Manager, Connect Travel Events


Betsy Cooper Senior Director of TheTourOperator.com and Partner Engagement


Becca SmithSenior Director of Marketing & Events


Tom BerriganManaging Editor/Producer, The Inbound Report


Laurie Jo Miller Farr Editor, The Travel Vertical


Travel Planning Website & Publication


The only travel site designed to be used by international, domestic and receptive tour operators, travel media, and travel agents researching new ideas for products.

TheTourOperator Magazine - Print Edition

An annual tour planning directory and print companion piece to TheTourOperator distributed to all IPW attendees and mailed to qualified domestic and inbound receptive tour operators.


Travel E-Newsletters

The Inbound Report (Established 1996)

A weekly online newsletter covering news, trends, and research on the leading inbound tourism markets.
Target audience: North American-based destinations, suppliers and receptive tour operators.


The Connect Travel Newsletter

Weekly stories curated exclusively for digital tourism marketers.


Contact Us

Connect Travel
15 Technology Pkwy. S.
Suite 250
Norcross, GA 30092

Phone: 770-582-9700
Email: info@ConnectTravel.com

The content on this website is provided by local DMOs and attractions. TheTourOperator is not responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Connect Travel Events

Active America-China (Established in 2009)

An annual product development show that brings together top Chinese tour operators with invited suppliers and destinations to develop new tour opportunities.


Connect THRIVE Summit

Connect THRIVE Summit is focused on community development through LGBTQ travel, sports, and entertainment. This one-of-a-kind marketing summit features dynamic general sessions and networking events alongside a series of pre-scheduled, one-on-one connections between destinations, resorts, hotels, attractions, domestic and international tour operators and travel agents, sports rights holders, media, marketers and brands.


eTourism Summit

Join fellow destinations and suppliers to get up to the minute examples of the latest applications, practices and innovations in digital media.


RTO Marketplace International

RTO Marketplace International is the can’t-miss international travel show where North American Suppliers will meet with international tour operators during pre-scheduled one-on-one Marketplace appointments.


RTO Summit West/East/South

A marketplace and conference bringing together Receptive tour operators with destinations and suppliers.


RTO Summit West
RTO Summit East
RTO Summit South

For more information please visit, www.rtosummit.com.

TravelAbility Summit

A business to business event that will bring together destinations, airports, attractions, travel providers with accessible product innovators with the purpose of spurring further ideas and products that will make travel easier for those with physical, behavioral and cognitive disabilities. Our goal: making destinations accessible to everyone.


Our Partners